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Vikings Asst Coach Wants Chris Kluwe to Lay Off the Activism on Gay Rights and Other Issues

Minnesota Vikings Assistant Coach Mike Priefer tells the AP that punter Chris Kluwe's activism on gay rights and other issues is "getting old" and it's time to concentrate on football:

Chr_kluweThe Vikings have generally stood behind their renaissance man, rarely getting in the way when he has tried to use his platform to raise awareness to issues away from the field. Kluwe became an important and high-profile advocate for gay marriage during the election. He's also addressed what he sees as a problem the NFL has with drunken driving in the wake of Dallas Cowboys player Jerry Brown's death and criticized voters for not putting a punter into the hall.

With the Vikings (7-6) trying to chase a playoff spot in the final three games of the season, Priefer thinks it's time for Kluwe to cool it with the activism and concentrate on his job.

"To me, it's getting old," Priefer said. "He's got to focus on punting and holding."

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  1. Off the field, he doesn't have any right to tell someone they can't do something that is well within their rights to do.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 14, 2012 6:01:53 PM

  2. Yep, I could tell that Evangelical Christian Tim Tebow was "passing".

    Oh Derrick, I almost fell out of my chair on that one!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 14, 2012 6:49:07 PM

  3. Kluwe's latest activist gesture involved putting a Post-It note on his uniform asking people to put a punter into the Hall of Fame. That drew a $5250 fine from the league (of course, Kluwe's salary is about $1M/year so $5K is peanuts to him). Stuff like that--during a game--is distracting to other players.

    Posted by: SC David | Dec 14, 2012 7:06:15 PM

  4. Anybody who has watched the Vikings this season would know that their problem isn't with punting -- it's their crappy QB, Christian Ponder.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 14, 2012 9:03:42 PM

  5. A lot of football players party, drink, get in trouble, etc after hours. Kluwe is trying to make a difference on an issue and the coach doesn't like it? How about focusing on the players with real problems?

    Btw @ Fenrox: just who are you to assess the merits this story? A college newspaper editor? WOW! You have some real journalism credentials to brag about! Give me a break. It sounds like you are an apologist for the coach and are trying to shoot the messenger and spin it your way. Nice try!

    Posted by: HUH | Dec 15, 2012 12:06:02 AM

  6. @Francis: nicely said

    @Rick: Charities can most certainly be controversial. Focus on the Family and the Salvation Army are charities.

    @Garst: Not exactly. The first amendment means that the government cannot shut you up. However, your employer can.

    @SC David: How many players even noticed the Post-It? Especially on a punter!

    @Huh: LOL

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 15, 2012 1:47:12 AM

  7. Priefer has gotten old if he thinks Kluwe’s passion is slacking on punting and holding. Priefer needs to cool it with distracting public criticism and focus on his own job of keeping his team good to go!

    Posted by: BadHumorBoy | Dec 15, 2012 8:01:48 AM

  8. Chris Klume should tell the Viking's Asst Coach what my old Irish grandmother use to tell me: "Wish in one hand and s*it in the other and see which one gets filled the fastest".

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 15, 2012 8:37:39 AM

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